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Chargers stadium destiny and Dick Cheney's daughters

Koch-tied GOP politicos revealed as key to San Diego's NFL ballot battle

What with La Jolla Democratic billionaire Irwin Jacobs's revived Balboa Park bulldozing project, and the battle between Republican city councilman Chris Cate and GOP ex-mayor Jerry Sanders over a hotel-tax hike to finance a Chargers stadium for Stockton's ultra-rich Spanos family, this fall's San Diego political season already appeared chocked with intrigue.

Now add the outspoken daughter of Republican former vice-president Dick Cheney, her controversial Koch brothers–linked partner, plus millions of dollars of campaign cash from the NFL owners, and the city's once sleepy political establishment may never be the same, as scores of big-money out-of-town GOP political operatives hit the ground running.

That's the word via the campaign grapevine and an August 1 disclosure report showing that an Alexandria, Virginia-based outfit calling itself New Troy Strategies has received $70,710 from the campaign committee created by the Chargers to get their subsidy proposal on the ballot and sell it to city voters.

Rick Perry

The company, closely tied to conservative ex-Texas GOP governor Rick Perry, a longtime Spanos family favorite, boasts that in 2014 it converted "Obama Team’s dream of turning Texas blue into a nightmare of total Republican domination."

In another case, an unidentified deep-pocketed client sought to register a million "Christian voters" for an undisclosed cause.

"We targeted the 30 million unregistered Christian Americans and, as our muscle, we used the hordes of teenagers from across that country that were itching to get involved," according New Troy.

"These teens were too young to vote, but they could serve as effective spokespeople to persuade those who were over 18 years of age to register."

Professional sports and religious music played a major role in luring the teens, the firm says.

"How would we identify the young volunteers we needed? The answer was simple. NASCAR and Contemporary Christian Music."

According to New Troy, "We sponsored a NASCAR driver as a spokesman and sponsored his car. We also sponsored the largest attended music concert tour in America, Winter Jam, a nationwide tour of Contemporary Christian artists. The tour visited 43 filled-to-capacity arenas, and every night, we appealed to the young people in attendance to get involved and fight to change their country."

Mary Cheney, the former vice president's daughter, a founding partner in the firm, has plenty of experience in rough-and-tumble national politics, having worked for the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and big business, including Coors beer, where according to her online profile, she "developed and implemented a plan to effectively end a 20-year boycott of Coors products by the gay and lesbian community."

In November 2013, bitter in-family wrangling broke out between Mary Cheney, a lesbian, and her straight sister Liz over Mary's advocacy of same-sex marriage.

“What amazes me is that she says she’s running to be a new generation of leader,” Mary Cheney told the New York Times of Liz, then seeking a U.S. senate seat from Wyoming. “I’m not sure how sticking to the positions of the last 20 or 30 years is the best way to do that.” Liz pulled out of the race in the midst of the controversy and this year is seeking a House seat.

David Carney

Cheney's founding co-partner in New Troy is David Carney, another product of the Bush dynasty, who worked for ex–New Hampshire governor and top George Herbert Walker Bush aide John Sununu. Later Carney was national field director for the 1992 Bush-Quayle campaign that lost to Democrat Bill Clinton. In 1996, he worked for Bob Dole, who was nominated at the San Diego Republican convention.

Carney has been described by the Texas Observer as "the wizard behind the curtain," for his role in "one of the nation’s most vicious campaign hit teams, a secret outfit whose reach spreads all over the American political system. It specializes in attempted assassination of political careers under the guise of issue education."

At issue: Virginia-based Americans for Job Security, what OpenSecrets.org calls a dark money political operation tied to the Koch brothers and co-founded by Carney in 1997.

"An East Coast Republican with roots that stretch back to New Hampshire and the first Bush White House, Carney served Bush I as political director. He was also chief of staff for Governor John H. Sununu. In newspapers as diverse as The Dallas Morning News and the Chicago Tribune, Carney is described as a 'GOP strategist,'" according to the Observer.

"In Texas, the press has labeled him Governor Perry’s 'chief advisor' and 'general campaign consultant.' AJS president Dubke calls Carney a 'consultant' for the group. But as recently as 2002, the media reported Carney was “chief executive” of AJS. (Carney did not respond to a request for comment from the Observer.)''

In California, Americans for Job Security was fingered in an elaborate 2012 scheme to route millions of dollars through Arizona-based political groups to the campaign to defeat Proposition 30, a tax hike sponsored by Democratic governor Jerry Brown.

The money was also earmarked to pass Proposition 32, a failed measure to block labor unions from using union dues for political expenditures. Both of those positions could come back to haunt Carney, as the Chargers downtown proposal relies on both a tax increase and a so-called project labor deal with unions.

In addition to New Troy, another Carney-linked company got cash from the Chargers campaign. Norway Hill Associates of Hancock, New Hampshire, of which according to Carney's LinkedIn profile he is chief executive, received $20,709. The disclosure shows that Carney in turn personally got $9597 from Norway Hill.

As of the reporting period ending this June 30, the Chargers disclosure says that its stadium campaign had spent a total of $3,004,477, with all but a $269.85 in-kind beverage donation from PepsiCo being picked up by the team.

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What with La Jolla Democratic billionaire Irwin Jacobs's revived Balboa Park bulldozing project, and the battle between Republican city councilman Chris Cate and GOP ex-mayor Jerry Sanders over a hotel-tax hike to finance a Chargers stadium for Stockton's ultra-rich Spanos family, this fall's San Diego political season already appeared chocked with intrigue.

Now add the outspoken daughter of Republican former vice-president Dick Cheney, her controversial Koch brothers–linked partner, plus millions of dollars of campaign cash from the NFL owners, and the city's once sleepy political establishment may never be the same, as scores of big-money out-of-town GOP political operatives hit the ground running.

That's the word via the campaign grapevine and an August 1 disclosure report showing that an Alexandria, Virginia-based outfit calling itself New Troy Strategies has received $70,710 from the campaign committee created by the Chargers to get their subsidy proposal on the ballot and sell it to city voters.

Rick Perry

The company, closely tied to conservative ex-Texas GOP governor Rick Perry, a longtime Spanos family favorite, boasts that in 2014 it converted "Obama Team’s dream of turning Texas blue into a nightmare of total Republican domination."

In another case, an unidentified deep-pocketed client sought to register a million "Christian voters" for an undisclosed cause.

"We targeted the 30 million unregistered Christian Americans and, as our muscle, we used the hordes of teenagers from across that country that were itching to get involved," according New Troy.

"These teens were too young to vote, but they could serve as effective spokespeople to persuade those who were over 18 years of age to register."

Professional sports and religious music played a major role in luring the teens, the firm says.

"How would we identify the young volunteers we needed? The answer was simple. NASCAR and Contemporary Christian Music."

According to New Troy, "We sponsored a NASCAR driver as a spokesman and sponsored his car. We also sponsored the largest attended music concert tour in America, Winter Jam, a nationwide tour of Contemporary Christian artists. The tour visited 43 filled-to-capacity arenas, and every night, we appealed to the young people in attendance to get involved and fight to change their country."

Mary Cheney, the former vice president's daughter, a founding partner in the firm, has plenty of experience in rough-and-tumble national politics, having worked for the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and big business, including Coors beer, where according to her online profile, she "developed and implemented a plan to effectively end a 20-year boycott of Coors products by the gay and lesbian community."

In November 2013, bitter in-family wrangling broke out between Mary Cheney, a lesbian, and her straight sister Liz over Mary's advocacy of same-sex marriage.

“What amazes me is that she says she’s running to be a new generation of leader,” Mary Cheney told the New York Times of Liz, then seeking a U.S. senate seat from Wyoming. “I’m not sure how sticking to the positions of the last 20 or 30 years is the best way to do that.” Liz pulled out of the race in the midst of the controversy and this year is seeking a House seat.

David Carney

Cheney's founding co-partner in New Troy is David Carney, another product of the Bush dynasty, who worked for ex–New Hampshire governor and top George Herbert Walker Bush aide John Sununu. Later Carney was national field director for the 1992 Bush-Quayle campaign that lost to Democrat Bill Clinton. In 1996, he worked for Bob Dole, who was nominated at the San Diego Republican convention.

Carney has been described by the Texas Observer as "the wizard behind the curtain," for his role in "one of the nation’s most vicious campaign hit teams, a secret outfit whose reach spreads all over the American political system. It specializes in attempted assassination of political careers under the guise of issue education."

At issue: Virginia-based Americans for Job Security, what OpenSecrets.org calls a dark money political operation tied to the Koch brothers and co-founded by Carney in 1997.

"An East Coast Republican with roots that stretch back to New Hampshire and the first Bush White House, Carney served Bush I as political director. He was also chief of staff for Governor John H. Sununu. In newspapers as diverse as The Dallas Morning News and the Chicago Tribune, Carney is described as a 'GOP strategist,'" according to the Observer.

"In Texas, the press has labeled him Governor Perry’s 'chief advisor' and 'general campaign consultant.' AJS president Dubke calls Carney a 'consultant' for the group. But as recently as 2002, the media reported Carney was “chief executive” of AJS. (Carney did not respond to a request for comment from the Observer.)''

In California, Americans for Job Security was fingered in an elaborate 2012 scheme to route millions of dollars through Arizona-based political groups to the campaign to defeat Proposition 30, a tax hike sponsored by Democratic governor Jerry Brown.

The money was also earmarked to pass Proposition 32, a failed measure to block labor unions from using union dues for political expenditures. Both of those positions could come back to haunt Carney, as the Chargers downtown proposal relies on both a tax increase and a so-called project labor deal with unions.

In addition to New Troy, another Carney-linked company got cash from the Chargers campaign. Norway Hill Associates of Hancock, New Hampshire, of which according to Carney's LinkedIn profile he is chief executive, received $20,709. The disclosure shows that Carney in turn personally got $9597 from Norway Hill.

As of the reporting period ending this June 30, the Chargers disclosure says that its stadium campaign had spent a total of $3,004,477, with all but a $269.85 in-kind beverage donation from PepsiCo being picked up by the team.

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Well connected Republicans for billionaire welfare.

Aug. 2, 2016

A tangled web of right-wing special interests from all over the country casts its net to pay for a San Diego voter-persuasion campaign to build another Charger football stadium downtown.

If two-thirds of San Diego voters are sufficiently brainwashed to vote yes on this November ballot measure, everyone will end up on the hook for rich man Alex Spanos' boondoggle. Incredibly, some say that even if the ballot measure fails to meet the high two-thirds' bar, our Democrat-dominated City Council likely will then cave to pressure and approve the project anyway, with taxpayers paying.

In this unsatisfactory political season of Clinton/Trump, you have to wonder about a political measure pushed by super-conservative Republican money that ultimately may be okayed by locally-elected Democrats. Who speaks for the people?

Aug. 3, 2016

Scam proposal...Look at the Rangers in Arlington and the Braves in Atlanta. They play in relatively new, state of the art stadiums. However, both teams are now lobbying and getting even newer state of the art multi-billion dollar publicly subsidized stadiums?! But, there is no money for roads, bridges and infrastructure in many of our major cities?! These taxpayers subsidized corporate welfare boondoggles only benefit the billionaire team owners and are a financial drain on the taxpayers and the local communities... And, as proven in Atlanta, Arlington, St, Louis (Rams) and other areas, the greedy corporate welfare types will never be satisfied. Before the bonds are even paid off on the present new stadiums(if approved) they will be clamoring for an even newer facility or threatening to leave town...What a racket!! The taxpayers are treated like suckers and they are picking up the tab...

Aug. 4, 2016

"...conservative ex-Texas GOP governor Rick Perry, a longtime Spanos family favorite."

Really? I did not know that. Gross. Double gross.

Aug. 4, 2016

I know it's fun to "out" wealthy Republicans who support stadium subsidies (BOTH parties have crony capitalists, seeking huge subsides from the taxpayers). They SHOULD be outed. But perhaps the actual Republican PARTY should have been queried as to its official position on the matter.

The official position is to oppose any new taxes for the stadium. Or the convention center (whatever variation you want to consider). Think not? Contact the GOP and ask. Speak with Tony Krvaric, the head of the county GOP. The GOP County Central Committee has voted to oppose tax increases this election (there will be a LOT of tax increases to vote on -- a record number, I believe).

That opposition will be formal, and communicated to the GOP voters before the election.

Now, back to the conspiracy mode. Enjoy.

Aug. 4, 2016

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